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The Mac Attack

Last night, I was at Tyson's Corners, a huge shopping mall in the Washington suburbs.  I was on my way to Restoration Hardware for new towel racks and noticed a mob scene - a line that snaked around the huge mall for what seemed like miles.  It took a few minutes for me to figure out these were folks waiting patienly for their turn to see the new I-Pnones.  And darned!  I forgot to buy stock in Apple!

So, I wonder how many were our colleagues?  The I-hones do seem pretty cool (and I adore everything Mac), but my Blackberry still has the new car smell, and I recently ditched AT&T for T Mobile, so I'm managing to resist the urge to have to have the coolest new toy for the modern Realtor's bag of tricks.  At least for now!
Comment balloon 6 commentsPatricia Kennedy • June 30 2007 03:09PM


We are lucky enough - I guess that would be the phrase - not to have ATT as a provider in our area - so the I-Phone frenzy never hit here :o)
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 13 years ago
It seems as if it would be better if you had a mac but if you don't it not really worth it now. Maybe in a couple months competitors will start making similar phones for less
Posted by Rick Spackman (Rick Spackman REMAX of Wildwoods) about 13 years ago
Hi Patricia -- I have become so hooked on my TREO.  I am not sure I could handle a MAC platform, BUT I am really kind of a techie and I will sure go check them out when the frenzy dies down.
Posted by Bruce Bourgault, Vice President, Mpro (Central Pacific Homeloans) about 13 years ago

I am an Apple fan, and I may get an iPhone eventually. Here are some reasons why I will not be running out and getting one right away tho:

  • Service provider locked to AT&T. In my area, they are the worst provider around. I would avoid them if at all possible. Plus you have to sign a 2 year contract!
  • No card slot. That just seems nuts to me and limits expandability in a HUGE way.
  • I hate virtual keyboards. I suppose there may come a time when I can get used to this, but the keyboard on the iPhone provides no feedback.. you cannot FEEL the keys. My treo does that for me.
  • No Java or flash support. This is crazy. More and more Java based phone apps are coming out every day.
  •  Teeny tiny storage.One of the big sells was the iPodish features. Well, the thing has only 8 gig. If someone is running around out there with a 40 gig iPod, that is a tough down-transition. So your left still having to carry around your iPod and your iPhone.
  • Really slow network access. This links nicely with the first one. Apple went with AT&Ts far inferior connectivity instead of 3G. That was just plain dumb.
  • You cannot make your music your ringer. Not a biggie, but what the hell is up with that?

However, on the upside, the iPhone offers:

  • Easy updates. With current phones, updating the BIOS or software on your device can be problematic... or at least not user friendly. Doing so with the iPhone is going to be as easy as doing the same for your iPod - IE: Click "OK"
  • Safari onboard. People like to kick safari around as a not so hot browser, but it is actually pretty good. In this case, what you have in the iPhone IS safari. It is not safari mobile or iSafari, it is the real deal. This gives most websites a good chance of looking right and the iPhone feels like the first phone to bring desktop web browsing to the personal device.
  • Mapping. Holy crap... have you SEEN the mapping? Its nuts. It even has a cool little "Pseudo" GPS thing to get you where your going. It does not have REAL GPS, but sort of acts like it as long as you tell it when you have made each turn indicated.
  •  Will run applications created with Web 2.0 internet standards.
  • It's GSM. So it will work anywhere in the world.
  • It's got Bluetooth. For those wireless headsets.


The bottom line is that it is going to be an amazing product. It has been so anticipated, other manufacturers actually saw their sales STOP as buyers anticipated the arrival of the iPhone - thats what you call a "Market Redefining Event" and it usually means something is going to make a great big steaming pile of cash. 

Posted by Robert Whitelaw, Broker, CEO, Realtor , ePro (Whitelaw & Sons Real Estate Services) about 13 years ago

Hi Pat, I wish I would have bought Apple stock a few days before Bill Gates rescued the company with an infusion of cash.  Yes, it was the founder of Microsoft who saved rival Apple from closing its doors forever.

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) over 9 years ago

Since I wrote this one, I've become a huge iPhone fan.  And I should have bought stock even then. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 6 years ago